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Boca Juniors football club
Argentina's passion for football is rivaled only by Brasil. The Boca Juniors, or CABJ, is one of the premier football clubs in South America. It is known by football fans throughout the world. Many of its best players have gone on to stardom in the World Cup and/or clubs in Europe, including Diego Maradona.
CABJ has its own stadium, La Bombonera, located in La Boca. It hold over 57,000 crazed fans. If you cannot attend one of its matches, the stadium is open during the day. Unfortunately, there is an overpriced admission charge which includes entrance to the Boca Junior's hall of fame.
If the Boca Juniors are not playing while you are in Buenos Aires, go see a River Plate match.
Futbol is Not a Sport, It's a Religion
You cannot stay in Argentina without someone asking you about Diego Maradona, Argentina's greatest player and perhaps the best of all time (heavily disputed with some guy called Pele).
Catch a Boca Juniors, River Plate, or if your lucky a national game while in Buenos Aires. Just make sure you where the right color when you go.
You can certainly gets tickets at the stadium. But if your spanish is bad and you are concerned about security, the best way to go is book through an agent. They can pick you up, take you to the game with other gringos, and then bring you back. I had my futbol experience with Tangol, a tour operator.
The huge Monumental Stadium is where River Plate the most famous "enemy" of Boca Juniors play its matches ... located in the opposite side of the city to La boca ..its surrounded by well positioned houses and neighbourhoods...this one is called Nuñez and walking by those streets you are noticing that it isnt unsafe or dangerous at night as southernmost Bs Aires quarters
The history is really curious ...When soccer begins Boca Juniors and River share the same neighbourhood but for any reason River left the quarter and moved northwards... as if they were scared of something ..that the main reason why Boca supporters called River fans as "gallinas" that means hens...and River called to Boca's fans ...."bosteros" ..its argentinian slang and comes from "bosta" that means ***... so bostero you could imagine what it is ....lol !!!
Football fans go WILD!!!
Boy, the Football fans in EZE are a nutty bunch. They take their football SERIOUSLY. The first night I arrived their team, River Plate won and there was a scene in front of my hotel, near the Obelisk. Maybe you can see some police cars in the background.
When Boca Junior Fans converge at the Obelisk!
Football fans in EZE take their football SERIOUSLY. The LAST night I was there, Boca Junior won, and the fans went wild. In fact, riot police came and had to break up the crowd. Note how many folks are here! Imagine broken bottles and fire crackers... cuz this is what happend. In fact a fire was accidently started in the building next to my hotel!!!
Football Fans versus Public Security!
A fire was accidently started in the building next to my hotel due to the CRAZED FOOTBALL FANS! I arrived home to my hotel to find my travel mate in the street cuz she was concerned the fire would spread to our property. We smelled smoke in the hotel hallways and in the room. NOT a good feeling... but the fire was put out by the time we got home!
Boca Juniors stadium, my argentinian soccer team ...despite of my argentinian friends ....River supporters lol!!
its located in one end of la Boca neighbourhood that its like a circle on the southern part of Capital
There is a museum and a merchandising shop not so huge as other teams but you can fins whatever from boca and the entrace to the museum
La Bombonera - Boca Juniors home stadium
Are you brave enough to attend a football match in Argentina? Then, get tickets to any match at world famous La Bombonera, Boca Juniors' home stadium. This is the most popular football team in Argentina and every other Sunday thousands of colorful fans crowd the place and provide an incredible and unforgetable show. This is a must see if you like stadium sports.
Buy "platea" tickets and not "populares" for security reasons!
You can visit the Boca Juniors museum within the stadium at any time.
La Bombonera stadium tour
Somehow I managed to spend over a month in Buenos Aires in 2002 without visiting the La Boca district at all, let alone the icon that is the Boca Juniors stadium. With a football fan in tow this trip it was time to see what it was all about...
And I have to say I was quite excited as we set out from our apartment in Retiro. A long walk on a very hot November morning, watching the streets change in mood from corporate downtown to meat sizzling on grills in the street and finally the laidback, colourful area that is La Boca itself.
The stadium isn't much to look at from the outside at first. It certainly doesn't seem very slick if you're used to seeing European grounds like Camp Nou or Old Trafford. But the simple, concrete building certainly exudes more feeling - there are numerous imaginative murals in the famous blue and yellow illustrating the history and lore of the club.
Enter the museum and you're on official sightseeing territory again. Loads of official merchandise (much seems cheaper in the shops all around La Boca) and ticket booths. We paid for the full stadium and museum tour (ARS 60 per person, I think).
Our guide was very enthusiastic and seemed genuinely passionate about the club. She delivered the tour in Spanish, taking time to answer questions, and then helped non-Spanish speakers with an English explanation. I was impressed with the array of facts we were told and the time we had to look at and take photos from all angles of the stadium without either being rushed or - for those of us who aren't exactly fanatics - bored with tedious footy data. You also see dressing rooms. The pace and content was perfect.
While going around, for ARS 99 extra you can choose an extra photo package, and my boyfriend opted to do this. For this price he was entitled to walk onto the pitch (the rest of us entered only a small patch of astroturf at the side) for a photo with a trophy, a rather cheesy but fun photoshopped pic with him seemingly palling around with Maradona and Martin Palermo (you can choose from various football stars), a phial of grass from the pitch and a keyring.
Warning - we declared the grass at the border with Chile and had it confiscated, although they did allow us to have the container back!
After the tour you can take a look around the Boca museum. Lots of football videos and content here, but there's also nice info on the La Boca area and its connections with Italy. I thought the displays were really well done and - like the tour - had something to offer both serious fans and those with a passing curiosity.
Can't say I left La Bombonera with a passion for Boca the team, but I thought it was very well done and a great part of the trip. And it was the absolute highlight of the holiday for my boyfriend!
Watch the Copa America 2011
People lucky enough to be in Argentina during July 2011 should definitely try and get tickets for the Copa America. One of the biggest football tournaments in the world. It only happens every 4 years and everyone is hoping that Argentina and Brazil will be in the final!
Read this great 'guide to Copa America 2011' by Expanish Spanish school to find out a bit more
Copa America Guide Expanish Spanish School
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River Plate or Boca Juniors Football
Go to see a River Palte or Boca Football match, when I went it was the equivalent of 30p for a match in the normal seats. Great atmosphere, no violence and good football. not the most up to date stadiums but thats half of the charm. NOt as fast and exciting as english football but cant complain for 20p!
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Goooooooool! Watch a River Plate match
Wow, the folks at these games are not messing around! There is no alcohol sold within miles of the football stadiums and once arriving into the stadium you can buy coke, coke or coke. No water - no kidding!
At River Plate, there is a whole section of fans that wait until the minute the game starts and then they create a procession into the stadium and their seats with flags and whistles and drums. They're making all kinds of noise and don't stop the entire game - pretty impressive for a team who's winning streak is awful this season.
Definitely a must see activity when you're in town. If you don't see these guys, Boca Junior is the other most well known club - sure to be an experience!
Argentina is know as one of the countries with more football soccer fans!
Football soccer is the most common and popular sport in Argentina!
If you never been in a football soccer match or if you like them, there are some Agencies that sells you tickets for the games, they pick you up at your hotel and you will be join the whole match with a local guide (some of them speak english)
Cost: $arg 120 aprox ( u$d 40.00 aprox)
the most popular Football Teams are Boca Juniors, River plate, Velez, Rancing, San lorenzo (the actor Viggo Mortensen, from the lord of the rings, used to live in Bs As, and he has always been a huge fan of San lorenzo! )
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La Bombonera Stadium
Boca Junior's soccer stadium, it's like a temple for the soccer fans because of its environment and history. There's also a Boca's museum inside the stadium and you can schedule a tour around it, including the cloakrooms, interview room and the lawn.
Very nice trip, because the soccer is one of the national's love and the Boca is the most popular soccer team in Argentina. It's located on the La Bocca neighborhood and everything in that place is made for the soccer team (all the walls painted in blue and yellow, all the stores selling suveniers from Boca, etc.)
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See a futbol match
I don't think anything quite compares to seeing a Soccer match in Buenos Aires. The people of Argentina are incredibly pasionate about soccer, it is another form of religion. Game day is usually Sunday, although there are a few on sat and other special matches so check the schedule there. One thing I found different was each teams fans has a designated area for seating. After the match the visiting fans are given a head start of 15 minutes to exit the stadium, to avoid confrontations with the other fans. Now those are dedicated fans!!!
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